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Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

Energy Update – August 2018

This energy update includes the following white papers: CMA publishes final report on Heat Networks calling for new regulation The first National Infrastructure Assessment is published recommending growth in Green Energy NAO report on package recycling Update on Electric Vehicles Amendment Regulations 2018 – in force 24 July 2018 The Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency […]

Will the revised NPPF lead to more affordable housing?

By Katherine Evans On 24 July 2018, the long-awaited revised NPPF was released. The omission of social rented homes from definition of affordable housing in Annex 2 of the draft revised NPPF has been addressed. Starter Homes are now included in the definition but secondary legislation is still required to set out financial eligibility for […]

Luxembourg publishes law on VAT grouping

As foreseen in our previous newsflash, the law on VAT grouping has officially been published, last Friday. The text – which provides for an entry into force on 31 July 2018 – modifies the general VAT Law. It now enables Luxembourg entities sharing financial, economic and organisational links to set up a VAT group, thus allowing them to […]

Reform of the Portuguese pricing and reimbursement system

By Edward J. Dougherty Following a recent reform in 2015, the Portuguese pricing and reimbursement system is sophisticated and comprehensive. Nevertheless, substantial discretion is allowed to the competent national authority, and this is the source of most challenges for innovators…

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CMS Cameron McKenna, McGrigors and Shepherd & Wedderburn have all lost their places on the Scottish Executive’s slimmed-down legal panel after the executive arm of Scotland’s parliament concluded its review last week. Three firms – Camerons, Burness and MacRoberts – were not among the 14 invited to tender when the review process began last December. […]

Slaughters plays catch-up with new associate salaries

Slaughter and May has finally announced a pay hike for its associates, coming in just behind the majority of the magic circle. The long-anticipated announcement, the firm’s second in six months, sees Slaughters gift its newly qualified associates (NQs) a 5.8 per cent rise, taking base salary to £63,500 from where it stood at £60,000. […]

Herbies breaks with the past to launch global push

Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold unveiled the results of his overarching strategy review at the firm’s partnership conference in Cannes last weekend (28-29 April), with international expansion the main focus. Gold is determined to make his mark on the traditionally conservative firm and with the help of management consultants has earmarked China, India, the […]

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The launch of Cobbetts’ new London office is in jeopardy following a High Court showdown with Wedlake Bell, which has threatened an injunction to stop two partners from joining the firm. Corporate partners Simon Jones and Stuart Robinson were accused of breaching gardening leave stipulations when Cobbetts formerly announced their arrival last Wednesday (25 April). […]

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